Review: The Outrageous Fortune of Abel Morgan by Cynthia Jeffries

The Outrageous Fortune of Abel Morgan
by Cynthia Jeffries

Publication Date: November 22, 2018
Allison & Busby

Genre: Historical Fiction

1660, England. War is at an end, yet for Christopher Morgan his personal conflict rages on. Haunted by the tragic death of his wife, Christopher is desperate to escape the pain her memory brings, although looking into the eyes of his young son, Abel, he cannot help but be reminded of what he has lost. Over time, father and son develop a strong bond until they are callously torn apart when Abel is snatched by smugglers and sold overseas. From the shores of Constantinople to the coast of Jamaica, time and tide keep them apart. Christopher will sail across oceans to find Abel, never losing faith that one day they will be reunited, and, as the years pass, Abel will learn that fortune favours the brave.



When Christopher Morgan arrives new to town to take over as owner of the local Inn he is still mourning the loss of his dear wife who died giving birth to their son. Believing his son to be dead as well he hardens his heart to the new reality. However, his son, Abel, miraculously survives and through the years they develop a close relationship.

"Loving Abel was not difficult. Christopher very soon found life unimaginable without him. Setting himself to be a mother as well as a father to the child, he rejoiced at his first smile, encouraged his first steps and soothed him from his nightmares"

When Christopher crosses a member of the town's notoriously dangerous families it starts off a series of events that will years to set right.

The first 20% of the book is told by Christopher's point of view until Abel is kidnapped and taken on a ship to a mysterious location, and then we get Abel's perspective. This young boy's resilience was amazing - it was great to see him handle himself so well in such a scary situation. When Christopher sets off to find his boy using a dangerous and mysterious map his travels take him to the court of Charles II, where we meet the King and Samuel Pepys, who happens to be the main character in another book I will be reading soon. Small world, eh?

"Sometimes, I think there's no hell like loving too well." - King Charles II

I have to admit that the unique cover is what first drew my attention to this book, and after reading the description I knew I had to check it out as I love a good adventure story! And it sure did not disappoint!

The Outrageous Fortune of Abel Morgan is a love letter to the bond between father and son. Jeffries' writing is exceptional and she keeps the reader engaged and entertained. I was flippin' the pages so fast to see if they would ever find each other again! My heart was in my feet a few times :)

I absolutely loved this book and can't wait for more from Cynthia Jeffries!

Thanks to Anne Cater for the opportunity to read and review this amazing book!

About the Author

Cynthia Jefferies is a long-established writer for children, whose work has been translated into more than a dozen languages. She was born in Gloucestershire and her love of history was encouraged by regular family outings to anything of interest, from great cathedrals to small museums. Having moved to Scotland and back to Stroud, she has always made time to write and her abiding interest in Restoration England has never left her. The Outrageous Fortune of Abel Morgan is her first historical novel for adults.


  1. Wow! Thank you so much. I'm thrilled at your wonderful review. The next book is coming in November!

    1. I'm so glad you liked the review! It was a fabulous read! And yay....hurry up November! I'm excited :)

  2. The author and book was new to me. I thoroughly enjoyed the update.


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